FT4C Spotlight: Desert Marigold School

“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?”

-Author Robert Brault

Every gardener knows there is some undeniable magic in the garden. At Desert Marigold School, this magic can be found throughout their 12-acre campus, in their biodynamic garden, around the protected nature pond, and with the resident farm animals. Nature and sustainability are integral to the core values of learning and growing at Desert Marigold.

Photograph from the Desert Marigold School Facebook page
Photograph from the Desert Marigold School Facebook page

Located at the foot of South Mountain, this Arizona Waldorf school provides a developmentally-sound alternative education experience that engages the heads, hearts, and hands of its students. Beginning as a small kindergarten class in 1994, Desert Marigold School has developed into a thriving K-12 program.

Inspired by Waldorf principles, DMS provides many specialty classes incorporating movement, creativity, and practicality into everyday student life. These classes include theatre, woodworking, eurythmy, and, of course, gardening. The collaboration-based approach to education allows students to discover their self motivation, self-discipline, creativity, resilience, and responsibility within the community.

Photograph from the Desert Marigold School website
Photograph from the Desert Marigold School website

At a volunteer day, Desert Marigold School community members and families can dig and plant the garden, muck the animal stalls, and even plan one of DMS’ many yearly festivals, thus building the strong sense of cooperation, engagement, and–why not?–magic.

At Fruit Trees for Community, we’d love to see the DMS community shaded and abundant with fruit trees. For every 3 trees you order before October 25, you can choose to donate 1 in your name to Desert Marigold School. To learn more about the FT4C program and order your trees, explore our website.

To learn more about Desert Marigold School, please visit their website here.